Weekly News

Jan 26, 2024

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Sunday's Service

Join Us in Contemplation

An Update from the Al Masalmeh Family

News from our Community!

Upcoming Shows

Last Week at St. Andrew's


Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by a demon cried out,  

“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?

I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

Mark 1: 23-24


Demons. What the hell?  In the conservative/fundamentalist tradition demons are real beings – or powers - who travel around the world wreaking havoc and pain.  In the progressive/liberal tradition demons are all that plague our psyches and our spirits.  


In worship this Sunday, we hear an account of Jesus casting out the demon, and Susan reflects on a radical, or maybe obvious, interpretation of demons and Christ.  She’ll draw on Christology, Philosophy, and everyday human experience. The band will offer a great Johnny Cash song – do you know it?The Beast in Me.


The Beast in me is caged by frail and fragile bars

Restless by day and by night

Rants and rages at the stars

God help the beast in me


God help the beast in me....  You and all your demons are welcome at Saint Andrew’s, this Sunday especially.

We are a community that lives, loves, and worships together.


Our new contemplative worship practice had it's first service this Wednesday, and we were thrilled to see friends new and old join in this new offering of mid-week meditation.

If you or someone you know might be interested in a moment of reflection to ground yourself during a busy week, great news! Contemplative service will continue to be offered weekly moving forward, every Wednesday.

Join us for the next service, 31 January from 6:00 to 6:20.


Dear Friends,

Mahmoud Al Masalmeh, Wesam's brother, his wife Ibtehal, daughter Heba, age 9, and sons Barra, age 7 and Mohammed, age 4 were reunited with their family on 11 Jan and are currently staying with Wesam's parents.

Since their arrival, the hunt has been on for an apartment. With the current housing situation in HRM, it was anticipated it might take a few months, however, Wesam and his network were able to locate a 3 bedroom apartment in Larry Utek area for Feb 1st.

We are now ramping up to gather household items for the move. We have been collecting and storing items since last spring but are still in need of some furniture items as well as, linens, towels, kitchen items.

Janet Skiba will be helping Wesam coordinate any donations people might wish to offer.

We are looking for:

(1) queen mattress, (1) single bed frame, (1) sofa, (1) coffee table, (1) end table, living room and bedroom lamps , (3) dressers, (5) night stands, (1) set of linens for the queen bed, (3) sets of linens for single beds, pillows for the beds, and various kitchen items.

We have a small dining table with 3 chairs but if someone has a larger one we may be able to use it.

Should any members of Saint Andrews have furniture or other household goods to donate, or questions, please contact Janet Skiba at:

902 499 0327 or

Arrangements for pick up of items will be made on or before move in day.

We are very appreciative of your thankful of your ongoing interest and support of the Al Masalmeh family.


Greeting Committee

What's the first thing you do when you get to church on Sundays? Grab your name tag, right? And there's always a smiling face there to welcome you!

The Greeting Committee is looking for volunteers to help all those who come to worship feel comfortable and welcome. You can brighten someone's day!

Click Here to Sign up!

Social Justice Committee


Volunteers wanted!

Come and enjoy a pancake supper with family, and neighbours, and/or help out! Volunteers wanted for set up, serving guests, and clean up

Sign up sheet will be at the back of the church on Sunday

or Sign up by clicking Here and using the subject line "Pancake supper volunteer." 

United Network for Justice and Peace for Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI)



UCW Cookie Sale - February 11

Enjoy some delicious cookies and support St. Andrew's Sunday Suppers.

Our Valentine cookie sale happens on Sunday, February 11th before and after the service. Cookies are $8 a dozen.

Donations of cookies will be most welcome. Just bring them packaged that morning, and we'll sell them!


Rising Tide with Sam Wilson

29 January

7:30 - 9:00 PM

Sam Wilson is an award-winning guitarist based in Kjipuktuk / Halifax.

Blending her early love of finger-style/acoustic guitar music with her love of jazz, she has created an original voice on her instrument that is emotive and reflective of the environment that surrounds her.

Winner of both the Music NS 2023 Jazz Recording of the Year, and the Music NS 2022 Jazz Recording of the Year, her forthcoming album 'Wintertides' will be released in April 2024

Learn more by clicking here.

Vibrant Vivaldi & Friends

17 March

2:00 PM

Experience virtuosic solo performances from the Nova Scotia Symphony’s own extraordinary musicians and Canadian bassoon specialist and concert leader Mathieu Lussier in this program of vibrant Baroque classics from Antonio Vivaldi, Michel Corrette, and Françoise Francoeur.

Get all the details by clicking here.

Rising Tide with Alana Yorke

18 March

7:30 - 9:30 PM

In November 2022, Alana Yorke survived a hemorrhagic stroke that affected the right hemisphere of her brain (associated with creative expression) in the parietal lobe (responsible for receiving and filtering sensory input). What could have been an unmitigated disaster changed Yorke's life, helping her overcome her PTSD resulting from a dangerous scuba diving accident.

Yorke has been working on her new album 'Destroyer,' consumed by a desire to share what she had experienced on the other side of the veil. "The goal was to bring these images and stories back to our world."

'Destroyer' is an art-pop stunner that represents both a creativie triumph and a personal transformation and will be released in May 2024.

Learn more about Yorke's incredible journey by clicking here.


This past weekend, our friends from Symphony Nova Scotia were back in the sanctuary for a two-part performance of the Brandenburg Concertos, some of Bach's most celebrated work.

Performances like these are a frequent reminder that tradition, community, and art come together at the crossroads that is Saint Andrew's.

Our deepest thanks to the Symphony and everyone who helps make Saint Andrew's a special place to be for your continued support!

There's always something happening at St. Andrew's!

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